36 days in Finland Itinerary

36 days in Finland Itinerary

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1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
2
Tampere
— 4 nights
3
Pori
— 2 nights
4
Turku
— 4 nights
5
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 2 nights
6
Inari
— 2 nights
7
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
8
Oulu
— 2 nights
9
Kuopio
— 3 nights
10
Savonlinna
— 1 night
11
Lappeenranta
— 3 nights
12
Kotka
— 3 nights

3
nights
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
Head to Hakaniemi Market and Stockmann Department Storefor some retail therapy. We've included these beaches for you: Aurinkolahti Beach and Hietaranta Beach. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland, look for gifts at Pien Shop & Bar, and explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Helsinki trip planner.

Nairobi, Kenya to Helsinki is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Traveling from Nairobi to Helsinki, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Nairobi, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Helsinki, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Shopping Outdoors
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria
The National Museum of Finland ©
The National Museum of Finland

4
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Appreciate the collections at Sarkanniemi Theme Park and Tampere Art Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Vapriikin Museokeskus and Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Mediamuseo Rupriikki, explore the world behind art at Maltinranta Artcenter, enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, and look for gifts at Tammelantori.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Tampere holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Tampere, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Pori.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Parks Theme Parks

Side Trip

Ideapark
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Tampere Art Museum ©
Tampere Art Museum

2
nights
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Villa Mairea, stroll through Herrainpaivat Beach, and then kick back and relax at Yyteri Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the different shops at Kauppakeskus Puuvilla, stop by Ruokapuoti Lumo, thenappreciate the extensive heritage of Old Rauma, and finally look for gifts at Patakirppis.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Pori trip builder.

You can drive from Tampere to Pori in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Pori

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Rauma, Villa Mairea
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Villa Mairea ©
Villa Mairea
Herrainpaivat Beach ©
Herrainpaivat Beach

4
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Head to Turun Kauppahalli and Kauppakeskus Myllyfor some retail therapy. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bellevue Beach and Ispoinen Beach and Sauna. Go for a jaunt from Turku to Askainen to see Louhisaari Manor about 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, browse the collection at Turku City Library, and learn about all things military at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre.

To see ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Turku online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Pori to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Turku are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Bellevue Beach, Kauppakeskus Mylly, Louhisaari Manor
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Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo ©
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
Forum Marinum Maritime Centre ©
Forum Marinum Maritime Centre

2
nights
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): examine the collection at Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum, stroll around Lilla holmen, thenlearn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, and finally examine the collection at Museumship Pommern. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Kastelholm Castle, thenexplore the world behind art at The Aland Island Art Museum, thenhead off the coast to Kobba Klintar, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Mariehamn online route maker.

Traveling by flight from Turku to Mariehamn takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In August, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum, Kastelholm Castle
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Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern
Kastelholm Castle ©
Kastelholm Castle

2
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Museum-lovers will appreciate Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and Gold Prospector Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church and Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel. There's much more to do: head outdoors with Lake Inari, explore the venue of The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos, get great views at Otsamo Fell, and wander the wide-open spaces of Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Inari day trip planning tool.

You can fly from Mariehamn to Inari in 9 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Mariehamn in August: high temperatures in Inari hover around °C and lows are around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Inari

Museums Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Gold Prospector Museum
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center
Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

3
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Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
You'll explore and learn at Arktikum and Rovaniemi Local History Museum. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Santa's House of Snowmobiles and Forestry Museum of Lapland. Take a break from Rovaniemi with a short trip to Tatuka Reindeerfarm in Ylitornio, about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, get some fabulous bargains at Marttiini Store Old Factory, and get lost in a book at Rovaniemi City Library.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Inari to Rovaniemi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In August, daytime highs in Rovaniemi are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can catch the train to Oulu.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Theme Parks Parks

Side Trip

Tatuka Reindeerfarm
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Forestry Museum of Lapland ©
Forestry Museum of Lapland
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa's House of Snowmobiles ©
Santa's House of Snowmobiles

2
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Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): browse the eclectic array of goods at Kauppahalli, take in the exciting artwork at Pohjoisen Valokuvakeskus, thenexamine the collection at Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo, thenadmire the landmark architecture of Oulu Cathedral, and finally identify plant and animal life at Hupisaaret Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Nallikari Beach, thensee the interesting displays at Oulun Taidemuseo, thenwalk around Ainolan Puisto, and finally appreciate the history behind Toripolliisi.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Oulu trip planning app.

Traveling by train from Rovaniemi to Oulu takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Oulu sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kuopio.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks Museums Outdoors
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Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach
Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo ©
Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo
Oulun Taidemuseo ©
Oulun Taidemuseo

3
nights
Kuopio

Kuopio ©
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Puijo Tower and Kuopio Market City Hall. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Matkus Shopping Center and Pikku Pietarin Torikuja. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kuopio: Tahko Farmi (in Tahkovuori) and Old Mine Mining Museum (in Outokumpu). The adventure continues: examine the collection at RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland, admire the masterpieces at Kuopio Art Museum, admire the majestic nature at Snellman Park, and take a leisurely stroll along Kuopio Harbor.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kuopio trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Oulu to Kuopio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In August, daytime highs in Kuopio are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kuopio

Museums Shopping Fun & Games

Side Trips

Tahko Farmi, Old Mine Mining Museum
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Old Mine Mining Museum ©
Old Mine Mining Museum
RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland ©
Kuopion Korttelimuseo ©
Kuopion Korttelimuseo

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 29th (Wed), stop by Taito Shop Savonlinna, browse the fresh offerings at Savonlinna Market Square, thensee the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, thenstep into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Savonlinna tour planning app.

Traveling by car from Kuopio to Savonlinna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Savonlinna can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
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Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum
Taito Shop Savonlinna ©
Taito Shop Savonlinna

3
nights
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Lappeenranta Fortress and Lappeenrannan taidemuseo. Shop till you drop at Art Centre Salmela and IsoKristiina. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lappeenranta: Imatra (Lempukka Beach & Lammassaari Island). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Saimaa Canal, pause for some serene contemplation at Joutsenon kirkko, take an in-depth tour of Wolkoff House Museum, and take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Lappeenranta itinerary planner.

You can drive from Savonlinna to Lappeenranta in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Lappeenranta, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Imatra, Art Centre Salmela
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Lappeenranta Fortress ©
Lappeenranta Fortress
Art Centre Salmela ©
Art Centre Salmela
Wolkoff House Museum ©
Wolkoff House Museum

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Kotka

Kotka ©
Kotka is a city and municipality of Finland.Kotka is located on the coast of the Gulf of Finland at the mouth of Kymi River and it is part of the Kymenlaakso region in southern Finland. Discover out-of-the-way places like Maritime Centre Vellamo and Lehman. Museum-lovers will appreciate Salpa Line Museum and Bunker Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Stromforsin Ruukki in Ruotsinpyhtaa (about 34 minutes away). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, walk around Fuksinpuisto Park, take a stroll through Linden Esplanade, and hike along Santalahti Nature Trail.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kotka journey maker app.

Traveling by car from Lappeenranta to Kotka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Kotka can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kotka

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Stromforsin Ruukki, Salpa Line Museum, Bunker Museum
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Maritime Centre Vellamo ©
Maritime Centre Vellamo
Salpa Line Museum ©
Salpa Line Museum
Lehman ©
Lehman

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